Dr. Vivian Dzokoto

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Associate Professor
vdzokoto@vcu.edu
(804) 828-4925

Education

PhD (2005) in Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Biographical Statement

Dr. Dzokoto received her PhD in Clinical & Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and completed an APA accredited internship at the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services. She is a licensed psychologist and health service provider in the state of North Carolina, and was an assistant professor in psychology at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina for 4 years.

Research Interests 

Dr Dzokoto has two parallel lines of research:

(1) The cultural grounding and impact of money behaviors (e.g. saving, spending, investing) and the adoption and non-adoption of different forms of money (e.g. new currencies, cards, mobile money) in developing economies.

(2) The cultural grounding of Emotion and Psychopathology
Other areas of interest include cultural clinical psychology, anxiety disorders, multicultural competencies in psychotherapy, cross-cultural transitions, and intercultural communication.

Representative Publications

Money

Dzokoto, V, Mensah, C., & Opare-Henaku, A.  (2013). The Impact of Currency Redenomination on Monetary Gift Giving in Ghana: An Exploratory Assessment.  Business Studies Journal, 5 (2), 69 -89.
Dzokoto, V, Mensah, C., & Opare-Henaku, A. (2011). A bird, a crocodile, and a 21st century cowrie shell: Analyzing Ghana's Currency Change. Journal of Black Studies. 42 (5). 715-732
Dzokoto, V., Young, J, & Mensah, E.C. (2010). A tale of two Cedis: Making sense of a new currency in Ghana. Journal of Economic Psychology, 31, 520 – 526.

Emotion

Skolnick A.J. & Dzokoto V.A.  (2013). Disgust and contamination: a cross-national comparison of Ghana and the United States. Frontiers of Psychology, 4:91. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00091
Dzokoto, V. (2010). Different ways of feeling: Emotion and somatic awareness in Ghanaians and Euroamericans. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 4(2): 68-78.
Dzokoto, V., & Adams, G. (2007). Analyzing Ghanaian emotions through narrative: A textual analysis of Ama Ata Aidoo's novel Changes. Journal of Black Psychology, 33, 94-112.

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Recent Courses

  • Introduction to African American studies
  • Mental Illness in the African Diaspora
  • Akan Culture and Language
  • African Americans in Paris

Recent Grants or Awards

2013-14 - Cashless or Cashlite? Mobile Money Use and Currency Redenomination in Zambia. Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion (IMTFI). PI. Amount: $15,000.00
2012-13 - Making Sense of Mobile Money in Urban Ghana: Personal, Business, Social and Financial Inclusion Prospects. Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion (IMTFI). PI. Amount: $14,500.00
2011-12 - Does Mobile Money Matter? Exploring Mobile Money Adoption by Ghana’s Urban Poor. The Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion (IMTFI). PI. Amount: $14,000.00

Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Asiedu, C., Dzokoto, V, Wallace, D., & Mensah, C. (2013). Conceptions of Poverty and Wealth in GhanaInternational Journal of Business and Social Science, (9), 18 -28.
2. Dzokoto, V, Twum-Asante, M., Opare-Henaku, A. , & Anderson, E. (2013). Change we don’t believe in? Coin attitudes, resistance, and use in post-redenomination Ghana. International Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences 3 (6), 59-79.
3. Skolnick A.J. & Dzokoto V.A.  (2013). Disgust and contamination: a cross-national comparison of Ghana and the United States. Frontiers of Psychology, 4:91. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00091
4. Dzokoto, V, Mensah, C., & Opare-Henaku, A.  (2013). The Impact of Currency Redenomination on Monetary Gift Giving in Ghana: An Exploratory Assessment.  Business Studies Journal, 5 (2), 69-89
5. Dzokoto, V, Mensah, C., & Opare-Henaku, A.  (2011). A bird, a crocodile, and a 21st century cowrie shell: Analyzing Ghana’s Currency Change. Journal of Black Studies, 42 (5). 715-732
6. Dzokoto, V, Mensah, C., Twum-Asante, M., & Opare-Henaku, A.  (2010). Deceiving our Minds: A Qualitative Exploration of the Money Illusion Effect in Post-Redenomination Ghana. Journal of Consumer Policy, 33, 39–353.
7. Dzokoto, V. A.  & Mensah, E. C. (2010). Making Sense of a New Currency: An Exploration of Ghanaian Adaptation to the New Ghana Cedi. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 10 (5), 11-18.
8. Dzokoto, V., Young, J, & Mensah, E.C. (2010). A Tale of two Cedis: Making Sense of a New Currency in Ghana. Journal of Economic Psychology, 31, 520 – 526.
9. Dzokoto, V. (2010). Different Ways of Feeling: Emotion and Somatic Awareness in Ghanaians and Euroamericans. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 4(2): 68-78.
10. Adams, G., & Dzokoto, V. (2007).  Making sense of shrinking penises: A case study in the collective  construction of reality. Culture and Psychology, 13,83-104.
11.  Dzokoto, V.& Adams, G. (2007). Analyzing Ghanaian emotions through narrative: A textual analysis of Ama Ata Aidoo’s Novel Changes, Journal of Black Psychology33, 94-112.
12.  Dzokoto, V.; Hicks T.; & Miller, E.. (2007). Student lifestyles and emotional well-being at a Historically Black University. Education, 127(4), 511-533.
13.  Dzokoto, V., & Okazaki, S. (2006) Happiness as Eye-Get or White Heart: A comparison of somatic referencing in the emotion vocabularies of two West African languages. Journal of Black Psychology. 32(2), 117-140.
14.  Dzokoto, V., & Adams, G. (2005).  Korojuju, or mass hysteria: Genital shrinking epidemics in West Africa from 1997 - 2003. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry.  29(1), 53- 78.
15.  Lo, H., & Dzokoto, V. (2005).  Talking to the Master: Intersections of religion, culture, and counseling in Taiwan and Ghana.  Journal of Mental Health Counseling. 27(2): 117-128
16.  Oishi, S.; Hahn, J.; Schimmack, U.; Radhakrishnan, P.; Dzokoto, V.; Ahadi, S (2005).  The measurement of values across cultures: A pairwise comparison approach.  Journal of Research in Personality. 39(2): 299-305
17.  Adams, G., & Dzokoto, V. (2003).  Self and identity in African Studies.  Self and Identity(2).345 – 359.
18.  Schimmack, U.; Radhakrishnan, P.; Oishi, S.; Dzokoto, V.; & Ahadi, S. (2002).  Culture, personality, and subjective well-being: Integrating process models of life satisfaction.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82(4), 582-593. 
19.  Diener, E., Napa-Scollon, C. K., Oishi, S, Dzokoto, V., & Suh, E. M. (2000).  Positivity and the construction of life satisfaction judgments: Global happiness is not the sum of its parts.  Journal of Happiness Studies, 1, 159-176.
20.  Dzokoto, V., & Adams, G. (1997).  Attributions of misfortune in sport - The case of GUSA 1997 Games.  Ife Psychologia, 5(2), 185 - 200.